Learn All You Need To Know About MN Homeschooling Requirements From DoNotPay!
Deciding to homeschool your child is a big step and needs careful consideration to make sure everything is in place before you start.
In Minnesota, there are a few hurdles to jump over before you can begin homeschooling as an alternative to keeping your child in the public school system. DoNotPay has all the info you need on MN homeschooling requirements—we can make sure you get off to a flying start!
Minnesota is not the easiest state to homeschool your child in, but the process is manageable if you prepare adequately.
If you are a parent with the intention of homeschooling your child, Minnesota regards you as automatically qualified to teach. You are allowed to engage somebody else as a homeschool teacher, but they need to:
- Be a certified teacher in MN for the relevant grade and subject
- Submit to supervision by a licensed MN
- Pass a teacher competency exam
- Have a bachelor’s degree
- Be an instructor at a recognized school
You will have to keep extensive records of your homeschooling activities, including:
- Class timetables
- Examples of all the teaching material you have used
- Explanations of assessment methods
- Attendance registers
- Samples of the student’s work
You have to have your child assessed every year under the Minnesota homeschool laws, using a standard test recognized by the state education authorities.
The test has to be carried out at a time and place agreed upon between you and your school district superintendent, and your child’s results will be carefully monitored to make sure they do not have any learning difficulties.
You can get around the annual testing requirement by having your homeschool accredited by a recognized accreditation agency, which can also help with your filing and reporting obligations.
Minnesota stipulates that your child has to learn the following subjects:
- Fine arts
- Government and citizenship
- Health and physical education
Within this framework, the state requirements for how much of each subject should be taught are:
|School Level||Teaching Frequency|
|Elementary||All subjects should be taught each year|
|High||Each subject should be taught for at least one high school year|
Much of the fine-tuning of your curriculum will be determined by the scope of the test your child will have to take at the end of the year—if your child performs below the 30th percentile in a subject, they risk being forced to take remedial lessons in that discipline to be able to progress.
The most important part of homeschooling your child is having a curriculum that is age-appropriate and compliant with the requirements of the annual standardized tests.
Your options for getting the right curriculum are:
If you are confident in your teaching ability and subject knowledge, you can create your own curriculum that ticks all the required boxes.
While you need to pay attention to the required subjects and the topics that could come up in the end-of-year assessment, developing your own curriculum means you can:
- Work teaching around your—and your child’s—schedule
- Use varied teaching methods, including active learning and project-based education
- Take full account of any special needs your child—or your family—may have
You will need to plan your curriculum carefully and make sure all your teaching material is in place as Minnesota has stringent reporting requirements on how your curriculum is set up.
Numerous organizations offer comprehensive curricula for every grade, and you can gain peace of mind by knowing that all the required subjects will be covered adequately.
Choosing a ready-made curriculum does limit you to a specific teaching approach, though, so your choice should be based on your:
- Child’s preferred learning style
- Time availability
Pre-packaged curricula come at various price levels, and you may find that the most expensive option isn’t necessarily the one your child will get the most benefit out of.
If you have decided on homeschooling in Minnesota, you need to inform your school district by sending a letter of intent.
This must be done at least 15 days before you take your child out of school or by October 1 of each subsequent school year. You can start homeschooling at any time if you send your notification within the required timeframe.
Your letter of intent has to contain the following information:
- The name, address, and date of birth of your child
- The name of each proposed teacher and their qualifications, if someone else will be teaching your child
- The standardized tests you will be using
You also need to submit immunization records at age seven and again in grade seven.
Getting your letter right is a make-or-break for ensuring that you can start homeschooling and meet the proposed requirements.
DoNotPay knows how important your letter of intent is, so we have developed a product that can generate the perfect letter for you and even deliver it automatically!
DoNotPay can help you get off on the right foot with your homeschooling in Minnesota!
Our Notice of Intent to Homeschool product creates exactly the letter you need to inform your school district that you want to homeschool your child—we will make sure all the details are correct and even deliver your letter automatically to the school superintendent.
Here’s how to set your letter up:
- Become a DoNotPay subscriber in your web browser
- Click on our Notice of Intent to Homeschool feature
- Answer a few questions to give us the details we need
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